Tokyo, May 6 (IANS) China’s star hurdler Liu Xiang recorded his first win of the outdoor season, storming to top in the men’s 110-meter hurdles event at the IAAF Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki, Japan, Sunday.
With the absence of big names including Cuba’s world record holder Dayron Robles as well as America’s David Oliver, Aries Merritt and Ryan Wilson, the 28-year-old Liu emerged as the hottest favourite. Liu proved his strength in the race, claiming the convincing victory in 13.09 seconds as he led from the start on a wet track.
Omo Osaghae of United States finished second in 13.33 while his countryman Ronald Brookins took the third position in 13.69, Xinhua reported.
Liu’s winning mark is the second fastest time this season. America’s Aries Merritt set his personal best and the season’s fastest time of 13.03 seconds two days ago in Fayetteville, USA.
After withdrawing from the the Beijing Olympic Games due to a heel injury, Liu is keen to restore his glory in the London Games. It was the first outdoor race for the Athens Olympic Champion, who has adopted to the strategy of seven steps to the first hurdle.
Liu will next return to his home town Shanghai to compete in the Samsung Diamond League May 19 as part of his build-up for the Olympics in July-August.